Sophie Treadwell, 1890-1970

Papers, ca. 1905-1969

Inventory: Boxes 1-27
Access: Open for research
Processed by: Phyllis Ball, 1975
Local Catalog ID: MS 124



A NOTE TO THE USER

Most of the manuscripts in this Collection were undated. Whenever a copyright date could be located, it was used, even though the particular play or novel might obviously have been written several years earlier.
In general, correspondence, including that with producer Arthur Hopkins, has been placed with related manuscripts whenever possible, Exceptions have been made in the case of the various literary agents who handled a variety of scripts, and in the segregation of extensive correspondence with certain individuals. These files (in Box 1) have many references to separately boxed plays and novels.

Copyright to these works was assigned to the Diocese of Tucson.

Grateful acknowledgment is made to Nancy Wynn, of New York, for invaluable assistance in the preliminary processing, identification, and arrangement of this collection.


Box 1             Correspondence; Copyrights

                          1) Correspondence: Lawyer (M.L.Malevinsky, 1931)
                               Regarding various plays; for legal matters, see following file.

                          2) Correspondence: Agent (Adrienne Morrison, Pinker & Son, 1931-1939)

                          3) Correspondence: Agent (Miriam Howell, 1947-1954)

                          4) Correspondence: Agent (Helen Harvey, 1951-1954)

                          5) Correspondence: Agent (Phyllis Anderson, 1952-1954)

                          6) Correspondence: Agent (John Gibbs Agency, 1953)

                          7) Correspondence: Agent (Leah Salisbury, 1953-1959)

                          8) Correspondence: Agent (Lucy Kroll, 1954-1955)

                          9) Correspondence: (Terese Hayden, 1943, 1953-1955)

                        10) Correspondence: (Zita Johann, 1928-1937?)

                        11) Correspondence: (Robert Edmond Jones, 1937-1945)

                        12) Correspondence: (Alexander Koiransky, 1928?-1953?)

                        13) Correspondence: (Abby Mann, etc., 1951-1954)

                        14) Correspondence: (Donald Oenslager, 1937-1953)

                        15) Correspondence: (Lawrence Langner, Theresa Helburn, Theatre

                                                    Guild, 1945, 1953-1954)

                                                   Includes correspondence regarding television

                                                    versions of various plays.

                        16) Correspondence: (Wisconsin Center for Theatre Research, 1962-1963)

                        17) Correspondence: (Miscellaneous)

                        18) Correspondence: (Book Orders and Subscriptions, 1963-1969)

                        19) Correspondence: (Property in California)

                        20) Correspondence: (Property in California - "The Beverly Dream," 1940)

                        21) Copyrights

 
 

Box 2           Articles; Trips; Miscellaneous

                        1) Miscellaneous Personal Items, including Photographs
                        2) Articles on Mexico for the New York Herald Tribune, 1924

                        3) Articles on Mexico for the New York Herald Tribune, 1943

                        4) Articles on Mexico for the New York Herald Tribune, 1949

                        5) Mexico (Miscellaneous material)

                        6) Mexico (Miscellaneous publications)

                        7) "The Log of a Chrysler" (Automobile trips in Europe,

                                                                   United States and Mexico, 1929-1931?)

                        8) Far East Trip, 1936-1937 (Diary, Notes, etc.)

                        9) Far East Trip, 1936-1937 (Travel Brochures, etc.: India,

                                                                      Egypt, Ceylon)

                      10) Far East Trip, 1936-1937 (Travel Brochures, etc.: China,

                                                                      Japan)

                      11) Notes on Modjeska

                      12) Lectures for Koiranski

                      13) Russian Theory of Acting (Notes, clippings)

 
 

Box 3          Personal Interest Clippings (Topics as listed by Sophie Treadwell)

                       1) Architecture                             10) Poems
                       2) Books                                     11) Politics

                       3) Crime                                      12) Schools

                       4) Man                                         13) Theatre

                       5) Morals                                     14) Tucson, Arizona

                       6) Movies                                    15) U.S.A

                       7) The Negro                               16) Woman

                       8) People                                     17) Zoology

                       9) Philosophy and Religion           18) Miscellaneous

                     19) Wien, 1964

                     20) World Affairs (including Nazism, Russia, Isolation,

                                                  Lindberg)

                     21) Notes on Sutter

 

Box 4          Early Manuscripts; Miscellaneous

                       1) University of California notebooks, (1906 - poetry, miscellaneous fragments, etc.)
                       2) Plays: untitled, unfinished, fragments

                       3) Story: "Letters from 'A' to 'B' "

                       4) Stories: various

                       5) Notes, clippings, etc. on K.Jaspers, Monakow, and psychology

 

Box 5          Plays: Early  (1905-1918)

                       1)  LE GRAND PRIX (circa 1905) "my first play"
                       2)  CONSTANCE DARROW  (circa 1908)

                       3) THE RIGHT MAN  (1908)

                    4-5)  THE SETTLEMENT  (1911)  4 versions; also called LIMELIGHT.

                       6) MADAME BLUFF  (1918)

                       7) THE ANSWER  (1918?)

                       8) One Act Plays  (TRANCE, 1918)

                       9) One Act Plays

                              LA CACHUCHA

                             GUESS AGAIN

                              HIS LUCK
                             JOHN DOANE

                              A MAN'S OWN
                             MRS. WAYNE. Later titled THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

                             SYMPATHY (first Sophie Treadwell play produced)

                            TO HIM WHO WAITS

 
 

Box 6          Plays: Edgar Allen Poe (1910-1936)

                    1-2)  POE  (4 acts, 6 scenes)  2 versions
                        3) NEPENTHE  (4 acts, 5 scenes)

                        4) POE  (3 acts, 5 scenes)

                     5-6) EDGAR ALLEN POE  (3 acts, 5 scenes)  2 versions

                        7) PLUMES IN THE DUST  (3 acts, 6 scenes)

                        8) Correspondence, 1919-1962

                                   (includes John Barrymore, Guthrie McClintic, Eugene O'Neill,

                                    Kenneth Macgowan)

                         9) Clippings

 
 

Box 7           Plays: RIGHTS (1921) and GRINGO (1922)

                     1-6) RIGHTS (1921) and later versions with titles THE KING PASSES,
                              MARY BEATON (1938), LOVE AND PRINCIPLE (1941), RIGHTS(date?)

                     7-9) GRINGO  (1922)  various versions

                       10) GRINGO Box Office Statements, etc., 1922-1923, 1937)

 
 

Box 8        Plays: Various (1918-1925)

                      1) PHILOMEL
                      2) LONEY LEE (1923)  later version of PHILOMEL

                      3) O'NIGHTINGALE (1923)  later version of LONEY LEE

                      4) LAUGHTER (1922?)  a play about Chaplin's youth.

                      5) CLAWS (1918)

                      6) OLD ROSE (1921)  later version of CLAWS

                      7) LOVE LADY (1924)  later version of OLD ROSE

                  8-9) YOU CAN'T HAVE EVERYTHING  (1925)  2 versions

                   10) MANY MANSIONS  (1925)  2 versions

Box 9       Plays: LONE VALLEY (1926-1933)

                     1) INHERITANCE  (1st version of LONE VALLEY)
                  2-3) BETTER TO MARRY  (2nd and 3rd versions)

                     4) DELIVERANCE  (4th version)

                     5) WILD HONEY  (5th version)

                     6) SET FREE  (6th version)

                     7) BOUND  (7th version)

                8-10) LONE VALLEY  (8th, 9th, 10th versions)

                    11) Correspondence, etc., (includes letter from Katherine Hepburn)

 
 

Box 10     Plays: MACHINAL (1928)

                    1) Correspondence, 1928-1964
                    2) Correspondence (Foreign Rights and Productions, 1928-1963)

                    3) Clippings and miscellaneous items

 
 

Box 11     Plays: MACHINAL  (1928)

                 1-8) Various versions, including the 1961 production in New York
 
 

Box 12      Plays: LADIES LEAVE (1929) and MILLION DOLLAR GATE (1930)

                    1) LADIES LEAVE  (1929)  2 versions
                 2-5) MILLION DOLLAR GATE  (1930)  4 versions

 
 

Box 13       Plays: FOR SAXOPHONE  (1934)

                 1-8) Various versions
                    9) Correspondence

                  10) German version

Box 14       Plays: Various (1930-1936)

                    1) THE ISLAND  (1930)  3 versions
                    2) ANDREW WELL'S LADY  (1931)

                    3) THE LAST ARE FIRST  (1933)  1st version of PROMISED LAND

                            Includes a letter from Thomas Mitchell.

                    4) PROMISED LAND  (1933?)  2 versions.

                            Includes letters from Paul Muni and Theresa Helburn.

                 5-6) THREE  (1936)  2 versions

 
 

Box 15       Plays: HOPE FOR A HARVEST  (1938)

                     1) Correspondence, 1941-1953.
                             Includes letters from Frederic March, Theresa Helburn, Lawrence Langner.

                     2) Contracts , Sketches, etc.

                     3) Notes taken during re-write.

                     4) Box Office Statements, 1941.

                     5) Clippings

                     6) Source material

                7-10) Various undated versions.

 
 

Box 16       Plays: HOPE FOR A HARVEST (1938, 1941)

                  1-9) Various dated and/or identified versions, 1938-1941.
 
 

Box 17       Plays: HIGHWAY (1942)

                     1) Correspondence, 1942-1955.
                              Includes letters from Margaret Webster, Lawrence Langner, Howard Lindsay,

                              Theresa Helburn, Marc Connelly, Elliott Nugent.

                  2-9) Various versions, including television scripts.

 
 

Box 18       Plays: THE LAST BORDER (1944-1946)

                    1) Correspondence, 1943-1946.
                             Includes letters from Florence Eldridge, Katherine Cornell, Margaret Webster,

                            Alfred Lunt, Helen Hayes, Lawrence Langner.

               2-12) Various versions, from 1945 through 1946, with changing titles:

                            MADRID 7

                            THE WATCHED DOOR

                             BORDERLINE
                             THE LAST BORDER
 
 

Box 19        Plays: THE LAST BORDER (1947) and A STRING OF PEARLS (1943-44? 1950)

                  1-3) THE LAST BORDER  (1947)  various versions
                     4) THE LAST BORDER.   German version.

                     5) A STRING OF PEARLS.   Correspondence, 1951-1953.

                6-10) A STRING OF PEARLS  (1943-44? 1950)  various versions

 
 

Box 20        Plays: JUDGMENT IN THE MORNING (1952), GARRY (1954), THE SIREN (1953)

                     1) JUDGMENT IN THE MORNING. Correspondence, 1951-1954.
                             Includes letters from Louis Calhern, Alfred Lunt, Billy Rose, Theresa Helburn.

                  2-7) JUDGMENT IN THE MORNING  (1952)  various versions, with changing titles:

                              DON'T LEAVE ME

                               I WAS LIKE THAT IN A WAY
                               I WAS LIKE THAT
                               JUDGMENT IN THE MORNING
                      8) IN LOVING LOST.  Early version of GARRY.

                 9-10) CARRY  (1954)  also version as cut for television.

                     11) THE SIREN  (1953)

 
 

Box 21        Plays: WOMAN WITH LILIES  (1948-1967)

                      1) Correspondence, 1956-1968
                      2) Background, notes, etc.

                      3) SAUCE FOR THE GOOSE  early version of WOMAN WITH LILIES

                      4) TAKE MY EAR  (1950)  early version of WOMAN WITH LILIES

                      5) SIEMPRE  (1954)  early version of WOMAN WITH LILIES

                   6-8) WOMAN WITH LILIES.  3 undated versions, including one identified as

                              "original version for U.A.." [University of Arizona]

Box 22         Plays: WOMAN WITH LILIES  (1967)

                   1-3) NOW HE DOESN'T WANT TO PLAY.  3 versions
                               Including Xerox of Peter Marroney's copy as performed in

                               Tucson, Ariz., July 26-29, 1967.

                       4) WOMAN WITH LILIES. Copy made after "the Tucson debacle".

                       5) Last version, December 15, 1967.

                       6) Various endings, fragments, rewrites.

 
 

Box 23         Novels: LUSITA and HOPE FOR A HARVEST

                        1) LUSITA  (1930's)
                        2) HOPE FOR A HARVEST, Correspondence, 1939-1948,

                        3) Fragments, "pages from original."

                    4-5) 2 incomplete versions (many pages missing).  Final typescript.

 
 

Box 24          Novel: ONE FIERCE HOUR AND SWEET

                         1) Correspondence, 1957-1964.
                      2-4) 3 versions, including 2 with first title: DEEP WELL CENTER

                         5) Reviews

 
 

Box 25          Novels: BY LINE and THE GREAT NAME STORY

                     1-2) Outlines only.
                         3) THE GREAT NAME STORY. Correspondence, 1959-1966.

                      4-5) THE HILL AND THE BAY. Fragments of an early version (1961?)

                                  of THE GREAT NAME STORY.

                      6-9) THE GREAT NAME STORY. Chapters 1-47 of the Abbott Magness

                                   version (1965?). Also some fragments.

 Box 26         Novel: THE GREAT NAME STORY

                       1-2) 2nd version. Chapters 1-26.
                       3-4) Anna Magness version (1968?) miscellaneous notes, outlines,

                                   beginning chapters, etc.

 
 

Box 27           Miscellaneous Manuscripts

                           1) Work for United Artists:
                                    NEW YORK NIGHTS (1929) and BLIND RAFTERY

                           2) Play: ACTRESS (Incomplete)

                           3) Play: Untitled (Outline and notes only, In folder marked "San Salvador".)

                           4) Television Dramas: THE GORGEOUS INNOCENT and NATALIE, INC.

                                   (also titled WOMEN ARE TERRIBLE)

                           5) Novel: RIO BRAVO (Incomplete)

                           6) Novel about a young girl in New York and Mexico (Incomplete)

                           7) Story: HEAVEN ON EARTH (1948)

                           8) Early Scenarios:  DEEP WATERS

                                                         MORA
                                                         LAURITE
                                                         SAUCE AND THE GOOSE
                                                         MOTHER LODE
                                                         TRACKS' END
                           9) Scenarios with William High.

                                    BILL AND A HATBOX.  2 part story published in

                                        Live Stories, Aug. & Sept. 1919

                                  THE CAREER OF LILTHA ZANE.  A synopsis.

                                  JOAN'S JOB.  A synopsis.

                         10) Collaborations with Gilda. (Unidentified)

                         11) Miscellaneous stories, "ideas," fragments.